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Open Thread #582

Happy Friday everyone!

Here is your Open Thread, which is here for you to chat about anything you want, whether it be drama-related or not. Nothing’s off-topic here! Spoilers may be rife, so proceed accordingly.

 
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Happy weekend Beanies!

What a beautiful day. I just got the news that my Korean exam got postponed a week, which means that I am free for 3 whole days! I was counting down to my planned K-drama binge time during the Christmas holidays, but this is such a pleasant surprise. Does everybody get this excited over K-drama time? :P
I would have survived another two weeks, but I am not letting this slide! Now I need to figure out a watching schedule :p Thank you @ally-le for your prayers last week! I am not even going to bother writing down something else, I am too happy! :p

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So glad you are doing better! Prayer works, doesn't it? If I had a dollar for every time a prayer was answered, I wouldn't be working--but unfortunately, it doesn't work that way! LOL.

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Oh yes, we all get excited over kdrama time!

Enjoy your 3 days! :)

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Happy watching!

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oh finally got viki subscription, and laptop starting to fail! internet down. so close to seeing shows. i will try to get fixed, hope the tech gods back me up. 🐼

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hope you can fix it fast! Good luck.

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Oh no! I hope the tech issues are resolved soon for you!

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So close, yet so far! I can empathize with unreliable internet! Tech gods hear us!

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so far not good, laptop at shop, and not enough data on tablet...withdrawal starting already 😱

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Oh no!!! Fighting!!!

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😍

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How are the Mon-Tue dramas guys ? Encounter and MOTA keeps me occupied wed-sun but yeah nothing to watch today either. Top Star Yoo-Baek's ep 4 didn't get subbed right?

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Top Star-ssi’s abs don’t need subtitles. 😎
I’m kidding. I don’t know if it’s been subbed.

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:) Mon-Tues? Dance Sports Girls is cute, Revenge Returns is funny (well?), Bad Detective is interesting. I am not too thrilled about Clean (frustrating?) and Mama Fairy (kid story?) even though I am watching them.

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Dance Sports Girls has me hooked.

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Dance Sports Girls has really got me hooked too. It reminds me of both School 2017 and Reply 1988 - I'm genuinely surprised at how little love it's getting; it's awesome.

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Yes. As long as we get to see his abs through wet shirts like the scene at the end of ep 3, we don’t need subtitles. I know the language of his body🙊😍

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On Mon-Tues, I am really enjoying Mama Fairy and Dance Sport Girls (aka Just Dance). I've heard good things about the others, but haven't had a chance to check them out. Dance Sport is really really good. It needs more love.

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LOVE Dance Sport Girls!

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Dance Sports Girls is my favorite right now.

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You can get the ep. 4 subs from subscene.com. Use the one from the Chinese translator; Hers is so much better.

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Yep @wapzy, check subscenes and go specifically for Ruo Xi's. She gets the subs up two hours after every episode. Very reliable

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Don't you hate it when Friday rolls around and you've forgotten that thing you wanted to bring up on the open thread??

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I am suffering from the same thing right now!!

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Oh! You just made me think of what I wanted to report, thank you! I don't know if this is ancient news (the article is from August) but Ken Jeong was on US late-night TV (Colbert?) talking about this a few nights ago, it starts in January:

https://deadline.com/2018/08/fox-orders-the-masked-singer-celebrity-competition-series-south-korean-format-nick-cannon-host-1202438808/

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At least you've got your days on straight. It's Saturday today and I thought it was Friday!

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Lol. This is the exact reason why I haven't commented on an open thread in years HAHAHA

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Hello, beanies! As the holidays approach, I want to send a huge bouquet filled with gratitude and love to Dramabeans and the kdrama community. I realize now I have taken for granted my access to well-subbed dramas, as well as recaps, and I'm not even going to mention the thoughtful beanie commentaries that follow.

( ......nothing like waiting for a tortuous, cliff-hanger jdrama that may or may not be subbed before you expire from anxiety!!)

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Hi Everyone! I hope you are all doing well today.

The Last Empress - After reading all the Beanie comments regarding this show, I decided to jump into this little makjang funfest! You guys are right, it is a tad over the top, but in this case, it's part of its charm. It's a fun watch for sure!

Happy To Die - Certainly not the highlight watch of the week, but I'm still watching this one.

SKY Castle - Wow, what a drama! ..... On the one hand it delivers quite an indictment on Korean society while on the other hand delivering laugh out loud moments. That it manages to do both is certainly a testament to the writing and acting. The show is fantastic thus far!

Encounter - I watched the first episode and it certainly is as nice as everyone has described it.

That's all for now. Everyone take care and and have a great Friday!

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Hey Korfan!

What is Sky Castle about?

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Think of "Desperate Housewives" but with Korean education system as the obsession. Highly recommended!

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This show reminds me of Secret mother. Kim So-yeon was like Kim Seo-hyung here. Excellently acted.

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Pffffft sounds fun!

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It's delicious.

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SKY = the abbreviation for the top 3 universities in korea that people want their kids to study in. Also, the families or husbands are super rich doctors who live in hospitla provided bunglows.. so its like neighbourhood, super rich called SKY villas.. and each family's sole objective seems to get their kids into the SKY colleges..

so society drama around that.. it is a satire

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Yay! Welcome to the Empress club!

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Bring aspirine! :D

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Happy Friday Beanies!

Feels like I’ve been away for a long time. I’ve just had a wonderful two weeks vacation in South Africa, truly one of the more memorable holidays.

The children loved the game drives and close encounters with the wildlife and we enjoyed it as much as they did. We did the famous Garden Route - the scenery was breathtakingly beautiful. So glad that we decided to self-drive despite our relatives and friends advising us against it. We didn’t feel we were in danger at any time because I read up where and what to avoid and as a result, we had a much better itinerary than we would have if we joined a group tour.

After my recent loss and a major drama slump, this may be just the break I need.

I did a quick scan and it seems Memories of Alhambra is the hottest thing now, at least here on DB. I am halfway through the first episode. It’s interesting although those dimples are so darn distracting and I am not even a Hyun Bin fan!

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Oooh yay for vacations!! I want one tooooo!

Memories of Alhambra is just so so good! I was never a Hyun Bin fan but the man is winning me over here!

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Hello chingu, glad to see you here.

Yes, vacations are the best. Now, I need another vacation to recover from the recent one 😁

I always thought Hyun Bin was a handsome man but strangely, I didn't like his appearance in Secret Garden. I thought he lost too much weight. Maybe I am just prejudiced towards skinny men and sharp jawlines 😜. Now, he is still thin but looks much better somehow.

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Long time huh!? You haven't been active on fanwall lately, and I guess when you were active, I wasn't!

Vacation Recovery Vacation should totally be a thing!

I have watched him in just two shows before this I think. His look in Secret Garden just wasn't doing it for me and My Lovely Sam Soon was a lil too dated for me to truly enjoy his looks there... MoA is perfect! Plus the whole "men age like wine" thing is definitely applicable on him!

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Yeah, I haven't been on the wall lately. Won't be surprised if it's taken over by a spider spinning web around my babe.

I share exactly the same experience with you regarding Hyun Bin. I've only watched those two same shows but saw good photos of him in between.

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Your wall is your babe? :P

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Eh...I meant the one plastered on it.

Come to think of it, he does look plastered.

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I am trying to recognize who he is but coming out blank!
*tilts head*
Is that Hong Jong Hyun?

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If you haven't seen it, watch him in Fatal Encounter - he is amazing!
The show is pretty violent but well done! I've watched it twice.

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Oh yes! How could I forget - that's a really good movie.

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Your vacation sounds amazing, and I’m glad you were able to enjoy the sights on your own terms and timeline.

May Hyun Bin’s dimples help you heal after your loss and slump. That is a bad-boy smile that can heal.

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Thank you.

I dunno about healing because I have a weakness....

Psst..I tend to drown in dimples especially deeeeeep ones.

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Ditto. And dimples attached to trouble.......well, resistance is futile.

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sounds wonderful!! Post vacation depression is real!

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I’ve missed you! Your vacation sounds straight out of a novel! I’m glad you all had such a good time! Have fun downing in dimples!

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Awww, thanks @ally-le

Talk about dimples - my husband and I both have lopsided dimples. I was hoping that 1+1 = 2 for my boys. Turned out to be 1-1 = 0. One less accessory for charming girls, too bad for them.

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My brother-in-law has perfectly symmetrical DEEP dimples. He looks like a chubby 3-year-old for life! Lol!

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Hello all!

I am not an OT regular but I have just recently gotten rid of my intermittent year long drama slump and now want to get rid of my DB commenting slump, so here I am wanting to discuss random things!

Currently watching:

Memories of The Alhambra - brilliant
The Last Empress - watch it for the crazy
Just Dance - yay for a good high school drama
Boyfriend- I might just drop this, it's getting a tad tooooooo slow
Feels Good to Die - I am a lil behind on it.. how is it going?

Variety:
YG Treasure Box - YG back to his crazy ways
Idol Room and Knowing Bros when I feel like it

Kpop:
My fav boys from WINNER are coming back! I am so excited!

Life wise- why is adulting so damn difficult??

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Hi ObsessedMuch! It has been a while! I feel you on that adulting struggle. I recently wrapped up my internship so I'm back to square one with the job search again >.<

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Hey! It really has been!
Argh job search is the worst! I am doing that too while still working ungodly hours at a boarding school! Teaching is not a noble profession!

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It's really draining, especially if you're an introvert! I was a Teaching Assistant for a semester in grad school, and I dreaded conducting tutorials even though I loved the subject (film art). What do you teach at boarding school?

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I am teaching Spanish... The teaching part is actually really nice.... it's the other responsibilities and random duties that get a lil too much..

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@obsessedmuch

I am not a teacher but your complaint is a very common one. Here, there have been discussions about lessening these administrative and extra-curricular activities which teachers do. Things haven't improved that much because I guess there's always budget constraints.

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@outofthisworld I am at a private school so if there was an effort by the government (not that there is), it would hardly reflect here! The worst however is that no one is even looking at this as a problem!

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Oh I’m a teacher too and I secretly wish for a different job. The teaching part is nice but dealing with parents, projects, naggings over homework, .. takes lots of energy and as much as I love being with my students, I wish I was just their friend. When you are a teacher you have to pay attention to your words, beliefs, opinions, and wishes because they don’t just learn what you are teaching, your every move is observed and for sb like me who is quite different from the people around here it is difficult to act like a normal, how-they-expect-you-to-be person. And the salary.. sigh!
Hope you find a job that doesn’t suck your soul outta your body🙏🏻

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Oh gosh I feel you on all of this! I am a person who doesn't care about much for small mistakes and students being a little naughty but all other teachers are always shouting at them, and they surprisingly listen to them. I am taken a lil less seriously because I don't scold them much and am lenient! I feel like a friend but maybe friend is not what they need at this time and should rather have great examples to imbibe from. I don't think I qualify for that! 🤦‍♀️

Thanks and likewise! ❣️

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Feels Good to Die- I find the drama very fascinating. Eps 12 is quite good. I do prefer Feels Good to Die to Boyfriend. Kang Ji-Hwan is an excellent actor. he does not have a youthful/innocent look like PBG but he is brilliant in FGD. He has been in revenge drama often but this drama can clearly show that he is actually very versatile even with comedic acts. I decided not to focus on romance but more on office politics and time loop since I started believing in time loop and parallel world.

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I had never seen KJH in anything before... Mostly watching it for Baek Jin Hee... I am gonna try n catch up this weekend, I don't want to drop many shows..

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I'm with you and watch FGTD first, and can't get myself back to watching Boyfriend despite how beautiful they all are.

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Hark! Who is this stranger on the OT? LOL

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Hello there! Long time no see!! Had a good sleep? kekek

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Happy weekend, everyone!

Friday will be over in one hour and im spending the last hour oggling Jason Sta~ i mean watching an action movie called Killer Elite. 🤤

This happen after i bingewatched the latest episodes of Bad Detective, Children of Nobody and the Empress Dignity (and collected a dozen or so fantastic gifs for my fanwall 😝😜)

Weekend will be spent at home because of the long wet season, getting nervous with the flood news and drinking coffee and its free top up in the nearby cafe while watching Twelve Nights, Memories of Alhambra, Top Star Yoo Baek's bad eng sub, and Sky Castle.

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@ryunami ryuna-rojak-mi, @wapzy wapz, @wishfultoki,

I'm going to have to break down and take another stab at last week's episode of TOP STAR YOO-BAEK. The subtitles for episode 4 were a bit too challenging the first time around. With all the meta references, vintage Kpop, and word play Show has dished out so far, it felt as if a lot had been lost in translation. Despite KJS's marvelous body (language) and comic timing, I'm lost without the subtitles. On the other hand, as a former translator myself, I'm grateful that kind souls are pitching in to make it accessible for English speakers. Thank you for your efforts. <3

*off to immolate incense and SubWey sandwiches to propitiate the Kdrama Gods*

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thank you @pakalanapikake for this, i want to thank 🙇‍♀️🙇‍♀️🙇‍♀️ the subber(s) for his/her good job too.. i should be grateful .. the translation might sound weirds and the funniest when he/she translated into his/her own language (couldnt find the right word in english maybe) buuuuuut it is better than never! Thank you!

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I mentioned this above but someone uploaded a better translation of ep. 4. for TSYB. Use the one from the Chinese translator; She did a fantastic job!

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Thank you @aafa83 for being a huge help! This is really helpful

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Many thanks, @aafa83!

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This sounds like a call for @kimbapnoona's snarky translations from the Chinese subs. Rabbit watch soon?

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@jenmole,

It may indeed be time to dive down the rabbit hole. ;-)

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Hahaha @jenmole and @pakalanapikake, I do see the challenges of translating this drama with many vintage pop and cultural references as well as word play. If people are up for a group watch even though it might not necessarily be better than the ones available, I will be more than to be happy to be of service although this weekend and next are tied up with family visits.

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@kimbapnoona,
cc: @jenmole,

So does that mean early afternoon of Sunday, 30 December would be the time to gather for TOP STAR YOO-BAEK on Rabbit? ;-)

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I should be available! Can't wait!

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Mark your calendars, sageuk fans: Junho and Jung So-min have a sageuk film coming out in 2019: GIBANG BACHELOR.

http://blog.asianwiki.com/korean-movies/lee-joon-ho-jung-so-min-cast-in-movie-gibang-bachelor

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Bless you! Haven't been updated so wasn't sure if Lee Junho was acting in anything before his army stint (the food drama was a bust) and now I'm saved next year! So happy! And he gets to stretch his acting skills.

Also, I love sageuk so this is perfect.

Jung Somin is on a roll.

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You're most welcome, @tofuetoffee kx! I'm happy as a clam over this news. I haven't gotten around to watching MEMORIES OF THE SWORD, so that may tide me over.

@purpleteapot, this is the first I've heard of the production. Maybe one of the Minions will report on it for us. ;-)

@sukstan suk, I generally prefer dramas because of the greater opportunity for character development, nifty plot twists, etc. (which all too often are squandered, dang it). But every so often, I encounter a good sageuk film, and that makes me happy. I've seen some good drama specials, too.

I was reminded last night of the film TRY TO REMEMBER / HAVE WE MET?, which has a nice Joseon timeline and is ingeniously based on a real-life archaeological find. Even with dubious subtitles, the story is really touching. Background here:
http://www.dramabeans.com/members/pakalanapikake/activity/669438/

The 2-part drama special 400-YEARS DREAM also deals with reincarnation in a satisfying way, and is available in the US on KBS World TV.

A 400-Year-Old Dream Ep.1 [2014 Drama Special / ENG / 2014.08.29]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6tvVobaArk

A 400-Year-Old Dream Ep.2 [2014 Drama Special / ENG / 2014.09.05]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ic8c_N2P50

I watched the multi-part drama special / TV movie SNOW LOTUS on Nexflix a couple of years ago under the title LUCID DREAM. Another reincarnation tale with a Joseon timeline. I took a peek at it last night, and was startled to recognize Eun-ho from THE BEAUTY INSIDE wielding a sword -- and a mane of glory -- in a bamboo grove. LOL!

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""Gibang Bachelor” will be released sometime next year in South Korea." I'm... going to need more detail than that, Asianwiki.

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I love the cast and I love sageuks, I'm very excited for it! Unfortunately I just don't love movies that much.

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Happy Friday, Beanies! It has been a few months since I came on OT. I was crazy busy with an internship, but the working environment was quite stifling and I wasn't learning much, so I gave notice and ended it early.

I'm back on DB here and there, but I haven't caught up with my poor abandoned dramas (Bridal Mask, Reply 1994) yet. I've been busy resting (an oxymoron, I know XD), catching up with friends, and reading. I recently read Emery Lord's The Start of Me and You, and it's so cute and nerdy, and the main character has a wonderful growth arc.

I've also been preparing for my trip to New Mexico in the US! I'm visiting family friends for Christmas, and I'm so ready to stuff myself with yummy food. I hope to catch up on Dance Sports Girls during my downtime there!

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I hope you have a great US visit! And Dance Sports Girls is good.

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Alright, so this year we've seen the rise and untimely demise of Kdrama watching websites. Where do you all watch dramas? Would you recommend one website over another? What are your thoughts of Netflix gaining more and more titles as the days go by?
I'm really curious to see what people think!

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Legal ways are still not enough, which is very frustrating because it has become my favourite way to watch k-drama and J-drama.

I use alternatively my local streaming site and Netflix.
I use my local streaming site when i want to catch up on old drama (the most recent drama won't show up before 6 month to one year).

However watching free force me to endure the fact episodes are cut in several parts and bad video quality.
I'm forced to suscribe to get HD and the price for one month is higher than Netflix :(

Netflix is near perfection in term of comfort but has too much romantic drama/rom com and i prefer largely thrillers and crime drama.
What it also lacks a lot sadly is J-drama.

KBS youtube channel is free, legal and useful to watch their special drama.

I'm still using non legal ways for dramas that won't be released anwyhere (Ocn thrillers).

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I forgot Viki! I don't have a pass because even paying for one don't guarantee that the dramas i want to watch will be available in my region!

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Even when drama fever was up and running you might need to use more than one site if you wanted to watch certain dramas.

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I agree that it's impossible to be satisfied with only one site. Personally i don't mind changing sites each month but i wish those big streaming sites would cover more drama.
Amazon Prime should join them too.

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Right now I have Viki pass standard and Kocowa. but I feel the absence of Dramafever. I am considering getting Netflix (which I didn't have so far because I rarely watch non-Asian stuff that isn't already freely available on say Youtube.
haha the MoA pull is strong!

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NetFlix has been getting quite a few foreign - including Korean and Japanese shows lately.

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Netflix getting more and more interesting for asian drama viewers.
Not only the platform increases regularly the numbers of drama available, it also engaged in producing dramas: Stranger, Hymn of death, and soon Kingdom.
People making the choices at Netflix seemed very well aware of the potential growth int his market...

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I like Viki the most in the US, but they only get a third to half of the dramas I want to see. I like their controls and the ability to see hangul subs. I think their subtitles are often better than the subs on other sites.

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I get annoyed with Netflix subs - they get rid of the pronouns that denote relationships or how close two people are. The placement of the subtitles also jumps around on the screen which I find annoying and just badly done.

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I do not speak Korean but it drives me nuts when words like Oppa,Noona, sunbae and so on are translated to the name or even title of the person. I like it when they just put the Korean word in the subtitle.
Makes me wonder if I'm missing anything like that in the few Japanese or Chinese dramas I've watched.

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ufff. I understand Korean (not fluent, but about intermediate level) and do get annoyed when they substitute words like noona, sunbae, other honorifics with just the names, like no, that is literally disrespectful to just call someone by their name without say OOOsshi or nim if you don't use the other honorifics.

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@unmyeong2025—RIP Dramafever. I'm in the States and watch Asian dramas a la carte via multiple platforms.

Viki and Kocowa are my main sources for legal Asian dramas. When both services are streaming the same show, I end up watching on Kocowa because the captions are completed faster.

Asian Crush is a free legal site that has a great selection of films to watch without becoming a member. Their geographic diversity is excellent with films from 15 countries, including Mongolia, Philippines and Thailand. The genres are equally diverse, covering everything from action and Anime to LGBTQ and Thriller. @coolgirl might like the selection of J-doramas there. One silly Korean rom-com film I recent enjoyed was Love Clinic starring Oh Ji-ho (Should We Kiss First) and Kang Ye-won as male ob/gyn and female urologist who find themselves to be double neighbors—both in their apartment building and in their medical practice. They’re drawn together despite themselves, resulting in good raunchy fun (with a traditional happy ending).

Although I have Netflix, I haven't really watched Asian programming there—I already feel oppressed by my list of French films I haven't finished; I'm not throwing K-dramas on to the Netflix pile.

Hulu has only a handful of programs and films at a time but it's a well-curated set for noobs whose brains might otherwise melt from the choices offered elsewhere. Hulu used to have a genre called “Korean drama” but now it’s “International” with an “Asian dramas” subset. But typing “Korean” into the search brought up more films.

Amazon Prime of course has many Asian dramas and films, many of which look pretty racy. It’s interesting to see actors who barely get a kiss in a 16-episode series present far more sensual or crazy characters in film.

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Upcoming Saturday night drama with Ji Hyun-woo [QUEEN IN-HYUN'S MAN] to premiere in February on MBC.

http://blog.asianwiki.com/korean-dramas/ji-hyun-woo-park-han-byul-cast-in-mbc-drama-series-love-in-sadness

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Queen In Hyun's Man is perhaps one my most fav K-dramas ever! I loved the fast paced time traveling love story!

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Happy Friday my friends! Recently I've been watching Woohoo Waikiki for fun as I've dropped all wed-thurs dramas. I really love the drama so far, but the one thing that's annoying me is that I really don't like the main female lead. I watched the actress in My Secret Terrius, and I appreciated her, but in Woohoo Waikiki her character's clumsiness and constant apologizing are getting on my nerves. I don't want to drop it because Kim Jung-hyun, Lee Yi-kyung, and all the laughs are just too good. Does her character get better over time?
Other than that I've been clinging onto Clean With Passion for Now for my huge Yoon Kyun-sang fangirl side, and Memories of Alhambra is gripping me on the weekends. I've been fighting for k-drama time recently, but so worth it!

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Finally i found someone who felt the same way; i didnt like her both in Waikiki and Terius 🙊🙈

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So I guess she doesn't get any better huh. Should I continue watching or not?

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Waikiki and Terius are my two favourite drama and other than the leading actress, i love the dramas for the genius plot and the funny scenes which keep me glued to them

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Waikiki: It depends on how far along you are in the series. K-drama's love to make characters annoying up front in order to provide 'character growth' as the episodes progress.

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By the end she's the most assured and confident member of the group.

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Happy OT week 96! Did everyone have a good drama-watching week? I did!!! Very satisfying to have time to spend doing what you like. This week was filled with kids’ holiday concerts. I don’t talk about my son much, because he would rather me not, but he was really adorable this week at his band concert. He plays percussion (keyboard instruments) and played the chimes and bells for “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” However, because the bells were stage left, and the chimes were in the middle of the stage, he had to run back and forth throughout the whole song to play them! Why the band instructor didn’t move the chimes closer to the bells for that last song is beyond me. However, it made for an interesting and fun watch! He was the talk of all the elementary classes, who were all bored with the concert otherwise. (And I’m pretty sure a couple of crushes were made that day.) And I was able to rearrange my schedule to see him at 1:30 pm—why have it in the middle of the day? My daughter’s class was featured in a national radio show last week and now this week they will be on again (except on the video version) singing a holiday song with new words appropriate to the show they will be on. The video was shot during her holiday concert. It was much more engaging than I would have expected an elementary school choir concert to be. Oh, and side note, she and math genius stood together on the choir risers. I may have taken a few photos of them.

In kdrama/kpop news, I wrote and sent our Christmas letters this year, and mentioned all the kdrama-related things that we did. Park Bo-gum was mentioned by name on not just my letter, but my husband’s as well. And a kpop fangirl moment was me sending a Christmas card photo to Yoon Doo-joon in the military. If anyone else wants to send anything, the address is on my wall (actually, in the comments below the envelope picture, there’s probably a better way to write the address). Thanks to @raonah and @hobakky for helping! And because I keep forgetting to mention it, I did do a short blog last month on our Free the Kimchi meeting: http://www.freethekimchi.com. We will be back next month with another episode of Baumdog Revenge Club.

We continue to watch Love O2O, Memories of Alhambra, and Boyfriend at our house this week. I have really nothing bad to say about any of these. I’m pretty content with all of them right now. You can definitely see differences in production quality between Love O2O and the others, but my daughter is really enjoying the gaming aspect of Love O2O and my son likes Memories of Alhambra. And apparently, there is PvP (player vs player) now on Pokemon Go. And I love how quiet Boyfriend/Encounter is, and although her ex-mother in law is a witch, wow, does she have a way with words. You don’t have to scream and carry on to make a very scathing remark and it makes an impression. I am enjoying the dialogue the most here. I’m pretty...

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... impressed with the writing so far. And did you notice that horrible mom from Pretty Noona, is the lovely zen-master, tea connoisseur, mentor in this? I wrote a scene-stealing piece last month with this actress which didn’t get published, but I still like her a lot. I did watch Episode 5 with my husband’s best man’s wife this week as they were travelling and visiting us. They know my obsession!

Conversation with husband’s best man’s wife:

Wife: What do I need to know to catch up?

Me: Not much, I’ll tell you as you see the characters.

Wife: Wow, she looks young. He does too. [seeing SKG and PBG on screen]

Me: Actually, there’s at least 10 years difference between them in real life.

Wife: Oh, really.

Me: And more trivia you don’t care to know about, his best friend is married to her in real life, who also is younger than she is by a decade or so.

Wife: Is South Korea full of cougars then?

Me: Maybe this wasn’t such a good drama to introduce you to.

Wife: LOL. It’s fine, I just think she looks just as young as he does, which is probably why this show works!

Me: And the fact that all of Korea loves the both of them.

Moral of the Story: Introducing people to kdramas might give them the wrong idea.

2nd Moral: I didn’t like the first noona-romance I saw (Biscuit Teacher) either.

3rd Moral: Have a great week and I hope you can watch more dramas!

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You always have interesting story to tell^^ I envy you have nice family you can watch/talk about kdramas (and more) with. Yeah, Korean actresses don't get (look) old easily. Song Hye-kyo looks same as when she was in All In where her co-star (Jin Gu) in DotS played the child role in the show.

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She does! She must me drinking magic unicorn blood.

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I live for your comments @ally-le ! And magic unicorn blood it is 😂

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TGIF! I assume everyone is busy counting beans for dramas watched this year. In the beginning of this year I mentioned once that I might be able to gather 100 beans by the end of year, but I guess that was too ambious. It seems like every year there are more dramas checked for DB bean counts (48 in 2018, 45 in 2017, 37 in 2016). I think last year crop was better than this year even though I enjoyed a few of them. Well, hoping for better year next year drama-wise. As for interviews this week I wanted to look up one of my favorite actresses- Kim Mi-kyung who people affectionately call as Healer Ajumma, who played dear mom in Go Back Couple (and who can forget feisty palace lady Choi in Faith?), and who is currently playing Yoo Seong-ho's mom in My Strange Hero/Revenge returns. Latest interview I found was one done in last year after she completed (love^^) "Go back Couple".
Per wiki, Kim Mi-kyung was born in 1963 and has been a member of the Yeonwoo Mudae theater company since 1985. She received Top Excellence Award for the drama "Person Who Gives Happiness" in 2017 MBC Drama Awards. Another noteworthy award she received was an award for making various efforts to help from the one-parent family support organization which help children who lost one parent and their families (2017).

[yurajun.tistory, 2017.12] Kim Mi-kyung (56) seems to have gotten her talent from her father. "My late father had lots of talents. He wrote scripts for radio programs, played violin, drew pictures well, and sang well. Our siblings inherited our father's talents, and the one who resembled him the most is me." Kim also mentioned how she started her acting life. "Actually I watched a play when I was in high school, and there was a line "You pig-like SOB, go to hell!" which felt very uncomfortable to hear. So I thought I was not upto the level to watch a play. I only did dancing from middle school to college, but later I didn't want to do dance anymore. Eventually when I was 23 I debuted with Yeonwoo Mudae theater company. That time I just followed my sunbae who was stage actor, and people were in the middle of the play "Han's Chronicles". It had big sunbae Park Yong-soo, Moon Sung-keun, and Yang Hee-kyung who were acting on the stage, and it was completely different from the play I used to know. I felt like they were talking to me directly. Since then for 14 years, I have mostly done plays with deep social issues."

Kim married in 1994 with the theatre director Park Keun-won whom she met doing the play "DongSeung"(Accompanying) together in 1991. And she stopped working after she had a daughter. "I took a long break after I had a child. I just took care of my child thinking why I work having a child to take care of, for what." But I felt like I was becoming dimer and dimer. One day Song Ji-na unni (Sandglass, The legend, Faith, Healer, and more) who was close to me said, "Are you really going to quit the acting for good?" So eventually I...

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...I started acting again in her drama Kaist (1999). But drama and play was very different. I couldn't get used to the drama culture where once their scenes are finished, actors went separate ways, leaving the set. With stage actors, there was affection among them like when ten or more people cooked one ramen and kept others from eating by even spitting in it, but drama set was completely different. I eventually adjusted to it though."

Kim has a daughter. "I call my family colleagues. I am like a friend with my 12 year old daughter (in 2010 interview). When I filmed the drama "Tamra Island"(Park Kyu!!!!) in Jejoo island, I came home whenever I had a chance and took care of my child. There were even people who moved their family to Jejoo island that time."
She tried to play the true-to-life mother role for a long time. "There are only 2 mother images shown in TV. Either swanky and bad, or nice and sacrificing mother. But actually there is no mother like that in the world, you know. Mother is a person too. Sometimes she is angry and has greed.. That is my candid self and the image I want to show as an actress."
She played this realistic mom role in drama "Oh Hae-young again" too. There was a line she said to her husband, "Let's kick our Hae-young out. She is crazy bitch we can't handle." "I thought "Actually credible mom is like this." In real world a mother curses and whacks her daughter's back who doesn't listen and makes her angry. But in a drama you always had to be a martyr mother to extreme, so I felt frustrated."

[sports.khan, 2017.11] Here is another interview after completing "Go Back Couple" and "20th Century Boy and Girl".
Q:There are many people who think your background is voice actress.
Kim: Not only voice actress, there are people who say I used to be a crew working on the lighting. I am a stage actress from Yeonwoo Mudae theater company. I started TV acting with "Kaist" in 1999.
Q: You don't do any variety?
Kim: There were many offers, but I was afraid I might make bomb statements because I am too honest. And I don't want to lie or say things exaggerated. I have just one "acting" belief and that is "True heart/Sincerity always works". I think if I act with earnest, it relays to the viewers 100%. For example In first episode of Go Back couple, watching Jang Nara acting with no make-up with just one hair pin, I thought "Is there any other actress who can act with such state?" I haven't told Nara, but I thought drama would succeed 100% watching her scene.

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...Q: You have a few daughter-like friends. You said you became more close to Jang Nara with this project.
Kim: "There are tens of children I've met so far. Among them there are people who keep contacting me even after the show ended. They send greeting texts like "I enjoyed mom's drama." or "It must be hard filming in winter". With the case of Im Joo-eun and Seo Ye-ji, they are daughter-like friends who even drop by my house unannounced. Jang Nara is a little older so I might say she is a friend for profound conversation?
Q: You received an award from one-parent family support center, and work as student ambassador for them.
Kim: I grew up in one-parent family too. My father passed away when I was 10 so I know what their lives are like too well. My mother raised us 4 siblings alone. Even though she had a stable profession of teacher, there was big empty spot left by my father's absence. I felt sorry thinking how hard the child's life would be if his/her one-parent has no decent job and has financial difficulties. I try to participate if there are any related events, but feel so much lacking in actual help.
Q: You are mother of 22 year old daughter and daughter of 88 year old mother. Was there any impact from playing mom in "Go back couple"?
Kim: Husband, child, mother.. I think I had an opportunity to dig out precious moments I passed absentmindly and buried. I may say reflection on my indifference? My mom raised all her children alone for over 30 years. "Could I do that if I were her?" I doubt. My mother was strong to the unimaginable extent, and a person who gave us absolute love. But life has limit to everyone. Since we know we can't be together forever, we are sad and feel time is fleeting. Also when I watch my daughter as her mother I have this impetuous thought "This child should be able to live confidently and bravely in the world I don't exist someday.". In many ways the drama made big impact on me.
(Kim also stated her small wish that she wants to take a short trip with her mother. And as for her daughter who grew up listening to "mother brand children's story" who has dream of becoming the writer, Kim plans to fully support her to achieve her dream.)

Q: Kim Mi-kyung has "People's mom" title.
Kim: There are actresses who have moniker "People's mom" among great sunbae-nims. They are masters of acting, so I feel embarrassed to have such title. I feel good since it is complement, but I think I am lacking in experience to hear that.
Q: I hear your hobby is playing drum, horse riding, swimming, and scuba diving. You also have a lizard in addition to cats.
Kim: When I was young I wanted to became an athletic like in Taekwondo, or swimming. I gave up that dream because of my family situation and concern about my mother. Now I can afford to do whatever I want to do, I do many things. I like excessive exercise rather than having quiet/static hobby. I'd like to recommend playing drum if you want to...

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...play an instrument. I have been doing for 6 years and it is really appealing.

Q: You think confining oneself because of age is just an excuse.
Kim: I dislike "What do I do at this age...?" the most. I think there is always a way if you search even when you can't afford financially. I think you have to live doing what you want to do regardless of age. Life is not long, you know.
Q: If you can go back to the past just like in "Go back couple" what do you want to change?
Kim: I don't want to go back. Even if I go back I don't feel confident I would do better. Is it more important to live well in the present and future?

I read she did her first directing work for the play "Han's Chronicles" (which was her debut project in 1985) recently. KMK fighting!

Short intro: basically it says she is realistic "people's mom", nice person/sunbae, and tireless born actress.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxoCl4g2PC0

I miss Healer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUh3uPZ14nY

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Talking about Healer, Have you watched this?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5bPUWW9zg8

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Thank you fan! She’s one of my favourite mom actresses out there. This line especially stood out for me:
"There are only 2 mother images shown in TV. Either swanky and bad, or nice and sacrificing mother. But actually there is no mother like that in the world, you know. Mother is a person too. Sometimes she is angry and has greed.. That is my candid self and the image I want to show as an actress.“

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She plays drums!?! I liked her before, but I LOVE her now!

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Thanks for this, @fanwho. I've loved Kim Mi Kyung in everything I've watched her in.

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Thank you @fanwho. She's one of my favorite actresses.

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Thanks @fanwho You're incredible!
KMK is just WOW. I love how her younger co-actors also consider her as their 'mom'.

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Thank you so much, @fanwho fan, for translating these lovely interviews with Kim Mi-kyung. She is one of my all-time favorite actresses. What an interesting and wonderful person. You made my day. ;-)

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Mine too - favourite actress and @fanwho made my day!

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I would totally recommend dramabeans to give 'fan' for her/his own article spot for interviews.

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The Last Empress is ridiculously makjang (what do you expect from the makjang drama writer? But it sells), frustrating and total mess, but I still can't look away from the show. I can't wait to see how WangShik gets his sweet revenge. Can't wait to find out what happened 7 years ago when Queen Sohyun died with suspicious cause. King Lee Hyun seemed really loved his wife (did he become a playboy after her death or always been playboy?). And the prince Lee Yoon who left to US came back after 7 years with the new identity of the writer Vincent Lee. In the first episode, the terrorist threatened Lee Hyuk, asking about missing royal guard Kang Joo-seung 7 years ago. Also teacher Byun (Late queen's father) who saved Wangshik/Chun Woobin was the chief royal guard 7 years ago. Princess SoJin's daughter Ari who is actually daughter of Lee Hyuk and Ganghee is 7 years old, and Dongsik, Min Yoora's real son but living as Wangshik's brother is 7 years old.
Any guess on all this?

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I got guesses. None of them valid. All of them ridiculous.
- ghosts!
- past lives!
- A curse that has the same events repeats every seven years! So Wang Sik is actually the reincarnation of the palace guard who is the father of the late empress and that's why the father saved wang sik, so he could, conceivably, keep history from happening again with the new empress, who's the reincarnation of the late empress.
- The final twist being that Sunny fell off that tower during her wedding and hit her head so ALL that happened was just an elaborate fantasy!

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Good morning my beautiful fellow Beanies! Been kinda crazy at work (I work on the website of a catalog company) with the Holidays coming up but I still managed to fit some dramas in. Lots of good dramas that have been released that I am eagerly waiting to watch. Like Boyfriend, Clean With Passion, Memories of the Alhambra, My Strange Hero. I've felt like I've been in a slump for most of this year so this is a welcome change.

Fox Star Bride I was really enjoying the first half of this drama but it just got frustrating by the end. Maybe I am not empathetic enough but I was annoyed and frustrated and confused why Lee Soo-Yeon insisted in continuing to work despite it hurting him and even possibly killing him. I can understand he doesn't want to go back into the wheelchair but why the insistence in continuing to work? I was too annoyed by his character at the end to really enjoy it. The ending was also totally cliche. A couple episodes from the ending I told my brother and mom (who I was watching the drama with) how I thought the drama was going to end and I had it almost exactly right. I also was annoyed with how the show portrayed how people treats disabled people, like they are some freak show. I really hope it's not actually like that in Korea. I did really enjoy the first half of the drama but I had lost most of my interest in the drama by the end, which is sad. I really liked all the actors and the every-day lives of the airport employees was quite enjoyable, but the drama pushed that simple pleasure to the side and soured it.

Rise of The Phoenixes Finished this. BAD ending. Not only was the ending bad, it was cheap. Spent 70 episodes with these characters and they couldn't even give them a good ending. The last couple episodes I kept wondering how things would be resolved, how the main couple would actually become a couple, how they can move on into happiness. Sadly, it didn't happen. Also disappointed that the romance never really happened. The main couple never even kissed (unless you count when Ning Yi gives air to Feng Zhiwei underwater) and I need my kisses damnit! :( For the most part I enjoyed this drama but really disappointed how the characters were almost completely different characters in the last couple episodes and the bad attempt on the writers part to be edgy and tragic.

An Oriental Odyssey Watched the first 3 episodes of this and probably wont continue this. The main actress is probably one of my least liked Chinese actresses. She is obvious, obnoxious and cheesy in her acting. I had started watching another drama with her in it, My Amazing Boyfriend, but even though I was liking the overall drama she completely ruined it because I just couldn't stand her. The drama was also a bit too cringy for my liking.

Story of Yanxi Palace Started this one after I gave up Odyssey and will stick with this one. So far I am quite enjoying this one and the feisty, cunning and intelligent heroine...

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Story of Yanxi Palace Started this one after I gave up Odyssey and will stick with this one. So far I am quite enjoying this one and the feisty, cunning and intelligent heroine. I also love that this is a very women-centric drama. Most of the drama has revolved around Wei Yingluo, the Empress, and the various consorts and palace maids. We could always use more women-centric dramas.

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Yanxi Palace is superb. I think I may have enjoyed it more than Legend of Fuyao and that's saying something.

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I found the heroine too much of a mouthy little thing. She started to get on my nerves. I left it where the drama began titillating the audience with the king's forcible attentions to her. Those palace maids need a union. And I need my Zhen Huan fix.

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I enjoyed Story of Yanxi Palace but not much the heroine although her antics were entertaining.

Somehow I find C-drama women more interesting than K ones in general.

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Yay for story of Yanxi Palace! One of the best c-dramas I've watched this year. It was kind of a reunion for the Untouchable Lovers cast (which I loved) 80% of them are in here.

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KAKEGURUI - Is getting a Live-Action Movie. Releasing in MAY 2019.

NAGANO MEI is looking too good in latest trailer of 2019 YO SHINE IN THE MOONLIT NIGHT - Novel is being translated.

We vs You - such passive aggressive approach. heh.
Smile, and act friendly while making a discriminatory point. sigh.
I read few comments where they used the word cougar for the heroine of boyfriend. heh

Australian summer and cricket.

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One of the actors who have been in the industry for a long time but hasn't been quite recognized is Lee Tae-ri (26) who currently appears in the drama "Coffee, do me a favor". He had an interview after completing "Beauty Inside" in which he delighted the viewers by playing impish secretary Jung.[OSEN, Star News] Here is Q&A session.
Q: Drama ended with 5.3%- its highest ratings.
Lee: I can't believe it finished. I waited for the next broadcast every week having same mind as other viewers. I feel empty it ended but there will be another beginning when I meet the viewers with a different project.

Q: How did you land the role in "Beauty Inside"?
Lee: Actually I've had hard time until I decided on this project. I had confidence in being able to show, but there were parts didn't work out in many cases so it took long time until this project came along. This time all conditions were met and it had a good character. Once decided I had many meetings with director-nim and writer-nim to build the character. I was nervous and felt burdened until the first airing, but I am glad I decided to do it. I worked with great actors and staffs.

Q: In the drama, you played secretary Jung working for Lee Min-ki.
Lee: Because there was no romance for my character I thought I should have bromance at least. I thought it would be nice if the viewers could feel our chemistry, looking good together, and fortunately many people seemed to feel that way. As I prepared for the project, I debated how I could portray our bromance. I consulted Jang Dong-gun and Park Hyung-sik in "Suits" and Jo Woo-jin and Yook Sung-jae in "Goblin".
Q: You must have wanted a different image playing secretary Jung.
Lee: I think the slump comes a few times being in this profession. For me I couldn't go on school trips when I was in middle school. I had the slump because I wanted to have the school life. After that I had the slump when acting didn't come out as well as I thought, or casting didn't work. There was fierce competition for secretary Jung role, so I hoped to have the viewers' response that they could enjoy the show because I acted well as an actor.
Q: Any problem playing your character?
Lee: During filming mid-point there was time I almost faltered. I saw the comment that he/she felt frustrated- as an employee, secretary Jung was going too far, keeping asking for salary increase while he didn't seem doing anything. I asked Min-ki Hyung but he said "What you are doing is right. Don't change until the end because he is cute character."

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...Q: How was bromance with Lee Min-ki? The viewers enjoyed your stiff speaking ways like a robot when talking to Seo Do-jae.
Lee: I was thankful people gave a title "Robot bromance" for me and Lee Min-ki. I hoped bromance was expressed well. I am friendly with Min-ki hyung in real life too. I acted with the mind that I loved Min-ki hyung in my own way. Because you can't support a person for 10 years if you don't have love. Writer-nim asked me to speak lines with the feel of being sleek, but with hyung and boss closeness. As I did that in the beginning, my character became similar to Min-ki hyung, and I thought working together for 10 years could do that. There was reaction like "Is he robot?" "He has no emotions?", but director-nim asked me to act like AlphaGo.

Q: How was working with Seo Hyun-jin?
Lee: Seo Hyun-jin had good influence on me. She was always positive and cheerful on the set. I've never seen her angry or frown. Watching her always smiling brightly and leading the set even though she had tough schedule, I thought I should learn from her. I thought I should become an actor like her even after I succeed in the future.
Q: How did you do on the set?
Lee: I was called "Ambitious guy" on the set. I acted the same way, but staffs told me they could see ambition in my eyes. I thought I immersed in the character well. Because they knew I have acted since young, they said "You are the most sunbae-nim". Since they had expectation on me who had long acting experience, I felt burdened. I wished 20 years were not wasted. It feels good when I see the response like "You can't ignore years of experience, as expected."
Q: Do you check the viewers' feedback?
Lee: I don't want to check because I tend to feel hurt, but I still see them. I relayed many comments to other actors on the set. Rather than ignoring the hateful comments, I try to accept and fix them.

Q: Actually you are an actor with 21 years of experience, who has the longest acting experience among all casts.
Lee: Lee Min-ki told me jokingly "Sunbae-nim came?", and I said "Oh, you came." We were playing jokes but usually he called me Tae-ri, and I called him Hyung. It gets ambiguous and awkward if title is only based on years of experience. Sadly wherever I go I was the most sunbae. But I'd like to say acting up to now is just "Warming up". Compared to what I've showed for last 20 years, what I am showing now and in the future is bigger deal and more important, I think.
Q: "Beauty Inside" received much love enough to take the no.1 spot in Drama issue area.
Lee: When we filmed there were always a lot of people. When we filmed the house warming party scene in the last ep we left at dawn after filming for 4-5 hours inside, but I found the people who were there before we went in were still there. I felt drama's popularity because people were waiting and responding.

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...Q: "Beauty inside" had the original which was a popular film. That must've been burden.
Lee: We had huge pressure. Because there have been many unfavorable responses for drama remakes when original movie was success, we had burden and concern that our drama needed to receive good review. Actually when I read the scripts it was very fun. I had good feeling only if I did well, the drama would get positive response. Fortunately and thankfully many people loved it.
Q: Your character felt relatable, drawing out fellow feeling from office workers, by scolding your boss or asking salary increase.
Lee: I haven't worked in an office, but I assume it is not easy to talk back to your boss directly. I think people felt cathartic through my character. One comment said he was office worker and had vicarious satisfaction. Actually I am the type who holds it in even if there is something I want to say, so I also enjoyed playing the role who had different personality.

Q: You debuted with the very popular SBS sitcom "SoonPoong clinic" in 1998 when you were 6 and continued playing Jung-bae for 3 years in the show. How did you act that time?
Lee: Actually I acted without knowing anything. Once mom told me the lines, I acted after memorizing them. I felt I went to play. I acted playing with toys with friends. I didn't even know the meaning of "Oh my god" Jung-bae said. Maybe that was why he looked even cuter. It is amazing Jung-bae is still mentioned after 20 years. I watched clips of the show but felt like I was watching some other child. I even loaded video clips in SNS and I was happy because many people liked it. People said secretary Jung and Jung-bae's image were different, which I was thankful. I want to become an actor who can digest variety of characters.

Q: You have been acting steadily since you were a child.
Lee: I declared I would quit acting to my parents during my rocky teenage years. I just did in an act of rebellion, but my parents took it well. Once those years passed I realized "Oh this is my path." Actually my father's dream was an actor, but he couldn't pursue it because of his father's objection. I finished arts high school and college thanks to my father's help. I heard he hoped I could achieve his dream, as well as there were recommendations from people around us because they thought I looked 'cute'. My father signed me up in an acting class when I was 4. While all other kids were accompanied by their mothers, my father in his suits as he worked in the office, took me and picked me up- without such effort, I don't think I am who I am now. It was possible because my parents' devotion.
Q: How did you go through the change process from a child actor to an adult actor?
Lee: When I was 16, I agonized over why I was acting. But once I passed that period, I realized I must've quit long ago if I didn't like it, and became loving the acting even more. But as I have more concerns and thoughts I felt acting...

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Q: This was the first project you did after you changed your name in last June.
Lee: "Beauty Inside" was the first drama I did with my new name. Even though I changed with confidence and resolve I had burden and felt more nervous than ever because it was the first project. I worried about what would be response, feeling fluttered with expectation. I wanted to imprint my new image and name in the viewers' minds. I felt very tense on the set too. I thought this project could decide how I made my first step. It was relief I made my first step feeling safe and contented thanks to the positive response. I had a good start, but I think next time is more important. I have to try harder not to hear "Just his first project was good."

Q: It must've been difficult to change the name you had for 21 years. Did you change the name to get out of child actor image?
Lee: It has been 4-5 years since I debated if I should change my name. I couldn't decide but as I changed the agency, I discussed with my company president and had positive response. I thought I should start with newbie's mind even though I've worked for 20 years. It was not to get out of child actor image, because even if I used the same name, child actor image would be gone over time naturally. I just felt I was confined in a frame built when I was young. I had the slump too and I wanted to have fresh start with the mindset I wanted to show better myself. It was not an easy decision because many people remembered me by my old name. I had fear and concern what if what I had achieved so far disappear. But at the same time I thought "So what". Anyway I got used to new name already even though it is not even 6 months since I changed it. I felt awkward when people called me Tae-ri at first, but now people say my new name is good so I gained more confidence. I made good decision I think.
Q: Was one of reasons also because Lee Min-ho(31) from Boy over flowers who became Hanllyu star caused confusion for the public? Also there was remark it sounds like a woman's name because of actress Kim Tae-ri.
Lee: There was even comment if I followed Kim Tae-ri ssi because she was doing good. But it has been 4-5 years since I had that name in mind. Many laughed or left hateful comments, but I think I can change their opinion by showing what I do. I assume they might accept it as man's name when I can show manly side. I just have to make an effort then they will get used to it eventually. As for the meaning of name, Tae is for 'great', ri is for 'valuable/useful'. I felt affection for the name for some reason.

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...Q: It was impressive you made an appearance in "King of Masked Singer" in August.
Lee: That was the first stage I stood in front of the public with my new name. I became hesitant on the part I was not confident (singing) and I was very nervous on the stage. But I thought if I could gain confidence from doing it, it would be beneficial. I was relieved it came out better than I expected.

Q: You went to Hollywood and finished filming for the film Anastasia playing Asian prince Lee. You made special cameo speaking English for all your lines.
Lee: My CEO who participated in the production of the film suggested "There is this good opportunity even though it is a special appearance and has only 3-4 scenes. What do you think?" I was thankful to join in a Hollywood film even for short time. The scale was amazing. I had so much fun on the set. I worried a lot because I heard about discrimination, and I concerned if I could get along using English when I don't speak well, but I was shocked because everyone was kind and greeted me warmly. I was nervous wreck when I was delivering lines in English and made NGs, but they relaxed the atmosphere and actors cheered me on not to tense. I had apprehension what Hollywood actors were like but they were all very nice people. I enjoyed and wrapped up the filming feeling good.

Q: You meet the viewers with the pre-production Channel A drama "Coffee, do me a favor", and you also attend the school.
Lee: It could be hard physically, but I am grateful for being able to act. I only think I want to do more. I want to hear "He is working hard." "He is doing well.". My goal is to become an actor who can digest many roles, so it is not good if I have just one image. I have done nice and kind role many times, but didn't do many evil roles. I was told good and evil exist in my face. There is time I choose very dramatic role on purpose. For example, Beauty inside, The Wrath (horror mystery film), and Coffee has different acting. The audience could be stunned looking at my another side.

king of masked singer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SL2iLrvWq0g

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@fanwho fan, thanks for another lovely batch of translated interviews with Lee Tae-ri. I'm so glad he mentioned the meaning of his name, which is very fitting. It's really something that he has already been acting for 2+ decades. Wow.

I enjoyed his performance in THE BEAUTY INSIDE, especially when his character asked for raises right and left. To me that indicated he had good self-esteem, and wasn't selling himself short as his duties were constantly increasing. LOL! His Vulcan mind-meld with his boss was exactly what one would expect from people working in such close proximity for so long on such rigorously challenging rehabilitation. He did a great job conveying that.

Thanks also for that link to KING OF MASKED SINGER. He has a beautiful singing voice. Would it be too much to hope he records some OSTs? ;-)

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Hello dear Beanies, I want to ask for good JAPANESE dramas from the past five-ten years. Since this is an Open Thread, I hope you don't mind for me to ask. Happy weekend!!!.

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old j-dramas? Too many to list-
orange days
1 litre of tears
strawberry on the short cake
Hana Kimi
nodame cantabile
Proposal Daisakusen
zettai kareshi
Atashinchi no Danshi
my boss my hero
Koishite Akuma
gokusen
beautiful life
Love generation
pride
Kurosaki
Attention Please
Tokyo Dogs
buzzer beat
liar game
good luck
love shuffle
notoru no hikari
tiger and dragon
Ryusei no Kizuna
trick
Smile
Ghost friends
Anego
konkatsui
code blue, and many more.

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Wow, thank you! @fanwho I'm gradually adding in jdramas, and this is a wonderful start!

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oh how I could forget 'Jin' - one of my fave!
btw there is a site with popular J-drama and here is list of 50 of them (I can't remember when I copied them).
1. GTO
2. Gokusen
3. Ichi Ritoru no Namida /1 Liter of Tears
4. Hana Yori Dango
5. Nobuta wo Produce
6. Summer snow
7. Long vacation
8. Beautiful life
9. Pride
10. Nodame Cantabile
11. Good Luck !!
12. Orange Days
13. Love generation
14. Densha Otoko /Train Man
15. Gokusen 2
16. Kimi wa Petto
17. My Boss, My Hero
18. Hanazakari no Kimitachi e /For You in Full Blossom
19. Hana Yori Dango 2
20. Kurosagi /The Black Swindler
21. Sekai no chuushin de, ai wo sakebu /Crying out Love, in the Center of the World
22. Hero
23. Stand UP!!
24. Mukodono!/Son in law/My Husband
25. Proposal Daisakusen/Operation Love
26. Attention Please
27. Majo no jouken/ Forbidden love
28. Dragon Zakura
29. H2~Kimi to itahibi/H2~The Days with You
30. Kamisama mou sukoshi dake/God please give me more time
31. Strawberry on the shortcake
32. Kou Kou Kyoushi 2003/High School Teacher 2003
33. Yamato Nadeshiko/Perfect Woman
34. Love Revolution
35. Dekichatta Kekkon/Shotgun marriage
36. Beach boys
37. Engine
38. Trick
39. Lunch no Joou/The Queen of Lunchtime Cuisine
40. Water Boys
41. Antique
42. Attack No.1
43. Taiyou no uta /A Song to the Sun
44. Last Christmas
45. Sora Kara Furu Ichioku no Hoshi/One Million Stars Falling from the Sky
46. Kekkon Dekinai Otoko/The Man Who Can't Get Married
47. Boku dake no Madonna/You are my only Madonna
48. Ace wo Nerae!/Aim for the Ace!
49. Itazura na Kiss/Teasing Kiss / Naughty Kiss
50. Friends

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Dear Ms. Fan, many thanks to you, Beantime, Coolgirl, Pakalana Pineapple, SweetSour, Spazmo and many others on this thread.

I also saw JIN (Japanese version) and it was fantastic. Long Vacation is a favorite of mine: the actress who played Minami-san just ran with the show. Love Generation was interesting but I saw it after seen Mr. Takuya with Minami in Long Vacation, so it was strange to see him with the Piano Lady!. One of my absulute favorites id Kekkon Dekinai Otoko, where Mr. Hiroshi Abe was nothing sort of magical (please also check Shinzanmono where he plays a detective who heals people through his investigation), also several Dramas with Ms. Amami Yuki. I love deadpan humour and happy comedies, but healing Dramas are also welcomed.

Anyway, thanks for your recommendation! =) .

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"Good" is always subjective and it also depends on what genre your prefer to watch; but here my favourite in crime, thrillers, psychological dramas categories from the past years (not on @fan's list):
Boku dake ga Inai Machi
Border
Cold Case: Shinjitsu no Tobira
Kazoku Game
Kazokugari
LIFE
Unnatural
Yakou Kanransha
Yami no Bansosha

Not in the thriller genre but still suspenseful!
Hanzawa Naoki

Dramas that relates to real life issues: anything written by Sakamato Yuji, especially Mother and Quartet which are his masterpieces for me so far.

Have fun! :)

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@fgb4877,

I've enjoyed the following Jdoramas, and have included a couple of good movies as well. Enjoy! ;-)

Doramas:

HOTARU NO HIKARI 1 & 2

HOTARU NO HIKARI: IT'S ONLY A LITTLE LIGHT IN MY LIFE (2012, film)

LOVE REVOLUTION

NEKO ZAMURAI 1 & 2 [Samurai Cat]

THE HOURS OF MY LIFE (tearjerker)

SAMURAI HIGH SCHOOL (taiga comedy)

SORATOBU KOUHOUSHITA (2013, TBS) 11 eps. [PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE IN THE SKY] -- Daebak!

Movies:

LOVE LETTER (1995 film) -- a favorite, with a beautiful score.

A TALE OF SAMURAI COOKING - A TRUE LOVE STORY (2013, film) [BUSHI NO KONDATE aka WARRIOR'S MENU] -- Daebak!

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I haven't watched any j-dramas in a while... however what strikes me about J-dramas is that they tend to have a weirdness to them. However when a J-drama gets the balance right, we get a good drama.

Some J-dramas I liked (well I will include those I didn't like as well, because you might like them):
Hana Yori Dango 1 and 2
Last Cinderella
Dear Sister
You're My Pet (this one is weird... but I'm mentioning it because you might like it)
It Started With a Kiss 1 and 2
Something about a Chocolatier (I don't remember the title)... Ah! Heartbroken Chocolatier
Koizora (depressing)

J-dramas I haven't watched, but that sound unique (I might checkout):
Pretty Proofreader
May I Blackmail You
Overprotected Kahoko
Caution Hazardous Wife

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I really liked Overprotected Kahoko and will second the newer Kimi Wa Petto (both on Viki)

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i like funny:

Date
Okashi no Ie

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Some of my favorites:
Freeter Ie o Kau
Tumbling
Tokyo Dogs
Overprotected Kahoko
Nodame Cantabile
Soratobu Kouhoushitsu
Buzzer Beat

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So since this is the last month of the year, we on dramabeans are all talking about all the 2018 dramas we’ve watched, etc. However I would like to dedicate this post to all the upcoming dramas that I am planning to check out. These dramas will premiere in the beginning of 2019 (if I am not mistaken). If I have skipped any other upcoming interesting dramas, please feel free to add to this list!

Top Star Yoo Baek (this looks so cute, so I hope it will be fully available with good English subs)
Romance is a Supplement (I can’t wait for LJS’s new full length romantic drama!)
Touch Your Heart (Yoo Inna back as lead in a romantic drama! I am also neutral towards LDW, so I’m hoping for the best with this one)
That Psychometric Guy (cute premise… new cast… am interested in checking out)
The Light In Your Eyes/Dazzling (unique premise and I’m fine with the cast… I look forward to it)
Item (maybe)
Hot Blooded Priest (maybe)
Abyss (PBY’s new drama! Will check out… I hope they cast a good male lead opposite her)

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I am really in the mood for a gory, thrilling, bloody zombie sageuk, with the incomparable Ju Ji hoon, and it's on Netflix. Bring it on😨🤤😲☠💀🤢

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@beantown,

I'm looking forward to Ju Ji-hoon in another sageuk after seeing both installments of ALONG WITH THE GODS.

If you need a transfusion of gore in the interim, might I suggest OCN's(!) 2010-11 sageuk YAKSHA / YA CHA ["Demon"]? Granted, no self-respecting vampire or zombie would waste perfectly good hemoglobin on the arterial spray that this tale sheds, but the story is good and tragic, and runs for 12 episodes that usually clock in at about 45-50 minutes. It doesn't fool around.

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Kingdom EastCoast Team watch!! I'll bring the popcorn, u bring the soju! @pakalanapikake Actually, inspired by your stellar example, I have decided to try Devil using (of course) the crib notes from the gang postings. I think I'm ready.....I think I'm ready.....I think I'm ready!!